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KU students lynch two robbers

Kenyatta university students and bodaboda operators in Kahawa Sukari on Wednesday night lynched two men suspected to be behind a series of robberies in the area. 

The students beat to death the two suspects and then set their bodies ablaze.

They were responding to a distress call from one of their colleagues,Victor Oyalo Mungane who the suspects had tried to rob.

Mr Mungane, a second year student, told police that the two and another one who escaped were riding on a motorcycle registration number KMDB 814 A.

“They were armed with a pistol and a knife and they asked me to stop and give them my laptop, phone and money. Lucky enough, other students were not far away and they heard the commotion. They came to the scene and cornered two of them and beat them and recovered a pistol,” he said.

Bodaboda riders joined the students in beating up the two and setting their bodies on fire.

Police say the two were among criminals who have been stealing from students and residents of Kahawa Sukari.

Nairobi County Police Commandant Benson Kibui said the pistol recovered from the suspects was homemade.

Kenyatta University Students Association leaders have now threatened to take matters into their own hands following a series of shooting incidents involving students.

“I can confirm that the two men armed with a pistol were burnt to death close to the main gate. They had a pistol and were part of a three man gang that has been harassing students along the KU-Kahawa stretch. They were not our students as some have been alleging,” said Mr Lone.

“Issues of insecurity have become very rampant around this area and we have increased the number of police patrolling the said area. We also want to curb instances of mob justice as the one witnessed last night.” Kasarani OCPD Augustine Ndumbi said.

Elsewhere in Kangemi, residents lynched two suspected thugs as they tried to break into a shop on Wednesday night.

Three others managed to escape from the angry mob.